Held every year, Action Day is held across England and Northern Ireland to raise awareness about social action and promoting causes that can really make a difference to local communities.
NCS and Action Day is managed in Lancashire by the regional NCS provider Inspira, and delivered through a number of local organisations in the county.
"This year we are focusing on Mental Health," said Dave Todd, Inspira's Contract Manager. "The NCS Regional Youth Board (which covers Cumbria and Lancashire), chose Mental Health in Young People as they believe it is not talked about enough amongst
their peer networks and at school. Many thought that when it is spoken about at school they do not feel it is looked at seriously. Many of the Youth Board members are working on projects looking at anxiety and school/exam stress, something that is becoming more and more common as they are getting older."
On the 18th of March, Graduates of PNE’s NCS Programme will be on hand in Preston City Centre, raising awareness of mental health as well as showcasing North End’s NCS Programme to the people of Preston.
"NCS is all about giving young people the tools, opportunities and respect to achieve amazing things in their communities,” continued Liam Smith. "Promoting Mental Health is an excellent example of how young people can really make a difference to the lives of other people."
Across the country more than a thousand young people will be getting involved in Action Day 2017. NCS is currently recruiting for the summer programme – go to www.ncsnorthwest.co.uk
to find out more.